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Six Red Marbles Intros Online Math Programs
- By Evan Tassistro
Six Red Marbles introduced three online math education programs this week at ISTE 2010 in Denver: Juba and Waza aimed at early childhood learners, and Kabanga for students in grade levels 6 through 8.
Juba, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, features an explore mode for viewing multimedia content split by category: people, places, animals and things. From there, the create space encourages students to put information together with content arrangement and drawing tools.
Waza tackles kindergarten and first grade level math skills with self-directed activities based around five "galaxies," or learning clusters, stressing quantity estimation, one-to-one correspondance, and sequencing.
In the Kabanga game, middle school students take on the role of talent agent, earning virtual money for progress through math concepts such as fractions, decimals, equations, coordinate spaces, and probabilities. All of the programs include a teacher dashboard view for instructor curriculum direction and comparison of student progress against standards, as well as a connection feature for parents.
All three programs run through a Web browser with user login to be offered through a planned subscription model. Participants in the pilot program will be eligible for discounted pricing at product launch.
Further details can be found here.
Evan Tassistro is a freelance writer based in San Diego, CA.